The holidays are filled with fun events, but they’re also a time of running errands, seeing friends and family, and taking care of things. It can feel like a chore sometimes, so it helps when you’re in the right vehicle.
Chevy loaned me the all-new 2021 Chevy Suburban High Country for a week, and let me tell you: driving around SoCal in it made everything I did for the holidays more enjoyable. It’s the definition of a comfortable ride in a car that can handle anything.
The High Country model of the Suburban is luxury all the way. The interior of the one I got to drive was beautiful, but even more important, it was luxuriously comfortable.
Running Errands and Delivering Gifts
The holidays, it must be said, involve a ton of errands, and running around delivering gifts, even this year. I dropped things off at a few friends’ houses, and made a big trip to the Post Office with packages to mail off.
I’ve been to grocery store more often than normal, getting special ingredients for baking and holiday meals. I love to shop at Costco, and they designed their parking lot for the Suburban, I think.
The parking spaces are nice and big, plenty of room in between, too. And yes, I bought a bunch of stuff that fit nicely in the vehicle afterwards, too. And speaking of fitting nicely in the car, it wouldn’t be Christmas at my house without the star.
Getting a Christmas Tree
Ever since Thanksgiving, I’d seen cars driving by with Christmas trees tied to their roofs. Families heading home to decorate and start celebrating. And I couldn’t wait to get our tree and bring it home.
But tying a tree on the roof of the car is always a bit of a struggle for me, even with my husband and the dude from the tree lot helping. So imagine how happy I was that we had the Suburban High Country that week!
The back trunk space is already large and accommodating, but when you also put down the back seats, which by the way is done with the touch of a button, we had room enough for a 7-foot Christmas Tree. And some to spare.
Perfect Vehicle for a Family Road Trip
My family and I took a drive down the 405/5 for a day trip recently. We needed to get away as a family, but we’re not traveling far these days. We just wanted to drive down the coast and get out of our house for a bit. And the Suburban was a super nice way to do it.
The car just floats down the road, which is really saying something, considering the Suburban is a seriously substantial vehicle. The ride was smooth, and the seats were just amazing. Being in the driver’s seat of the Suburban was an entirely pleasurable experience.
I was never uncomfortable while driving, I could see everything I needed to, the control panel console is easily within reach and large enough to view, and there was terrific music and my favorite podcasts on the radio. I was happier on that drive than I have been in a car in a long time.
As a bonus, my husband and kids were comfortable, too. They’re all tall guys, but they had plenty of legroom, they felt comfortable in the seats, and there were audio and video choices for them, too.
Holiday Fun: A Christmas Story at the Drive-in
One of the best parts of the holidays for me is watching classic holiday movies, and A Christmas Story is one of my favorites. Released in 1983, but set in the 1940s, the movie is a delightful throwback to another era of parenting set against the holiday, and although I’ve seen it a dozen times, I’d never seen it on the big screen.
This time I got to see it on the big inflatable screen, with my whole family, at one of the pop-up drive-ins in SoCal and it was really fun. Plus we watched in comfort with the reclining seats and large windshield viewing screen inside the cozy Suburban. Super fun and a great way to celebrate the season!
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More Holiday Fun: Seeing Christmas Lights
I wish I knew the history of decorating one’s home with Christmas lights, but regardless of how it began, the tradition is alive and well here in SoCal.
Some neighborhoods band together and create Candy Cane Lanes that stretch for blocks. Others go all out on their house and add timed light shows and simulcast on radio stations. It’s really amazing. (Check out our list and map of terrific Christmas light displays around SoCal here.)
And you can see it all from the car! We went out for a drive one night and it was just delightful to see all the creativity and the celebration of the season, all from the comfort of the Suburban.
About the 2021 Chevy Suburban 4WD High Country
The vehicle I drove came with a 6.2L, Ecotec V8 engine, and a 10-speed automatic transmission. The exterior was Graywood Metallic, and the interior was Jet Black and Mocha. The fuel economy is rated at 14 MPG City and 19 MPG Highway, but I will say I drove it around a lot and there was still a half tank of gas at the end.
The 2021 Suburban is equipped with loads of safety features, like Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, HD Surround Vision, Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and more.
The luxury and comfort features on the vehicle include heated and ventilated front power bucket seats, with leather seating surfaces, memory settings on the driver’s seat, outside mirrors, and steering column, and second row heated bucket seats.
The Technology package on the vehicle is impressive, with a 10-speaker Bose audio system, the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Premium with Navigation and 10.2” diagonal HD Color touch-screen, voice recognition, Bluetooth audio streaming, wireless Apple Carplay, and wireless Android Carplay, wireless charging for devices, keyless open, lock and start, and with Onstar and 4G LTE Wi-fi available. The model I drove even had Sirius XM radio for a treat.
The High Country Deluxe package includes a sunroof, power panoramic, tilt-sliding with power sunshade, adaptive cruise control, assist steps with perimeter lighting, air ride adaptive suspension, rear seat media system with dual rear-seat mounted 12.6” diagonal touch LCD HD screens, and floor console with power sliding center drawer.
A Wonderful Way to Celebrate the Holidays
I thoroughly enjoyed driving the all-new 2021 Chevy Suburban High Country around SoCal, preparing for and enjoying the holidays, and I tried to make the most of it while I could. I was sad to see it go back home to Chevy, but I was grateful for the chance to try it out.
Sarah Auerswald is the co-Founder and Editor of MomsLA. She was loaned the vehicle and was given tickets to the drive-in movie in order to write this article.